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Do Fed TIPS purchases affect market liquidity?


  • Jens H. E. Christensen
  • James M. Gillan


The second round of Federal Reserve large-scale asset purchases, from November 2010 to June 2011, included regular purchases of Treasury inflation-protected securities, or TIPS. An analysis of liquidity premiums indicates that the functioning of the TIPS market and the related inflation swap market improved both on the days the Fed purchased TIPS and over the course of the LSAP program. Thus, TIPS purchases had liquidity benefits beyond the effect they may have had in reducing Treasury yields.

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  • Jens H. E. Christensen & James M. Gillan, 2012. "Do Fed TIPS purchases affect market liquidity?," FRBSF Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, issue mar5.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfel:y:2012:i:mar5:n:2012-07

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    1. James D. Hamilton & Jing Cynthia Wu, 2012. "The Effectiveness of Alternative Monetary Policy Tools in a Zero Lower Bound Environment," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 44, pages 3-46, February.
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